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Nokia 6 Review

Nokia 6

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Interface and Functionality

Nokia’s promise to keep things lightweight and clutter free is upheld on this end. As far as Android goes, tweaks in the OS are imperceptible, if they exist at all. The Amazon version, of course, has the company’s preinstalled apps and lockscreen ads, but on a regular Nokia 6, the only non-stock artifact is an app named “Support.” This does seem to be a useful addition, though. Much like the settings menu in Google’s Pixel phones, the Support app exists to provide users with a direct line to product support. Help can be obtained in the form of the user manual, warranty status, FAQs, community forums, and chat support. This aside, bone-stock Android and “regular updates” were promised, and while the former is clearly executed, we anticipate the latter will be as well.

Processor and Memory

So, what does the chipset do with this clean Android version? Well, we wish it did more. The phone never freezes or stutters much, but navigating the UI always feels just a half-step behind, and in some situations, a full step. Equipped with the octa-core Snapdragon 430, the processor is clocked at 1.4 GHz. Paired with 3 GB of RAM, the Nokia performs reliably and consistently, albeit at a mediocre pace.

App switching is smooth and prompt, though you will see a persistent stutter while cycling through larger apps in a dual-screen setup. Generally, apps open quickly but take a second or two to load. When they are open, though, they switch quickly and effortlessly, which is characteristic of the mid-range processing speeds paired with ample RAM. We don’t think users will find much fault with day-to-day performance here, but a Snapdragon 625 would definitely speed things up an appreciable notch.

Gaming could also benefit from a higher-class Snapdragon. Loading times are quite slow, and like most mid-rangers, you’ll be dropping a lot of frames.

The fingerprint sensor is a capacitive home button, and authenticates well, for the most part. It’s a quick sensor, which we found to be accurate and mostly capable of efficient authentication, though it did miss a few instances here and there that we felt other sensors would’ve picked up. We couldn’t help but feel like some of the missed authentications would have been recognized if the scanner itself were bigger – taller, specifically. The issues we encountered didn’t seem to be a result of the software or faulty hardware, but rather just not enough surface area for your finger to land on. Inexplicably, though, you cannot set the device to open from just one authentication, but rather two. Resting your finger on the scanner wakes up the device, which then forces you lift and place your finger again to authenticate and gain entry to the device – a pretty annoying and useless quirk.

Performance benchmarks

Higher is better
Nokia 6 47129
Nokia 5 45534
Nokia 3 27838
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 63191
Higher is better
Nokia 6 17.35
Nokia 5 21.819
Nokia 3 13.626
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 29.879
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Nokia 6 15
Nokia 5 20
Nokia 3 10
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 23
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Nokia 6 4.5
Nokia 5 10
Nokia 3 3.2
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 6.9
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Nokia 6 307
Nokia 5 957.33
Nokia 3 548
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 375
Geekbench 4 single-core
Higher is better
Nokia 6 684
Nokia 5 691.66
Nokia 3 533
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 783
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Higher is better
Nokia 6 2824
Nokia 5 2895.33
Nokia 3 1417
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 3586
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The 6 sells as an unlocked phone, and like many sold under this moniker, the device is incompatible with Sprint and Verizon, due to the lack of CDMA support. On the plus side, we do have NFC support, enabling services like Android Pay, Beam, and others. We’re glad to see this on a mid-ranger, as these phones can often be neglected when it comes to should-be standard features like this. As we’ve come to expect in this category, though, micro-USB is the standard for charging – something else we hope won’t be the case on a flagship offering from the company.

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posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:35 2

1. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

Nokia 6 is getting 8?
I'm a Nokia fan
But 7.5 maybe the right score?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:44 4

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Reviews are opinions. There's no such thing as a "right" score. The score is whatever you deem it to be. Besides, if you haven't actually used the device, how can you give it a score?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:45

3. LilJokr (unregistered)

And would you care to elaborate why?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 10:54

6. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

They gave the Moto G5 a score of 7, yet they give this one a score of 8. Why did PhoneArena give it a 7 when the the Nokia 6 wasn't even out, yet. The Moto G5 has more features, better software upgrades. Same processors, same resolution display only the G5 display is physically smaller and brighter. The G5 has a removable battery. Whereas the Nokia 6 doesn't. The finger print scanner is faster and does more on the G5 as well.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 11:44 2

8. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

better software upgrades??
this is not the old moto, their upgrades cycle slow down significantly in the past few months
nokia impressed so far regarding the upgrades

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 11:40 1

7. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

when they give a better phone redmi note 4
( better battery, more ram and memory, better processor at the same price ) a lower score, it doesn't feel right.
not only redmi note 4, but other phone that gets lower than 8 but seems to be a better deal at their own rice range
but again, thia is my opinion, you can have different opinion from mine...

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 13:49

14. Acdc1a (Posts: 363; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)

I'll chime in. The wireless radio on the Nokia 6 is utter garbage. Using it as a phone is an exercise in futility. Everything else about the phone is beautiful. I just can't get past that part. I'd probably give the thing a 6.5 for that reason alone.

posted on 08 Aug 2017, 04:57

22. MurraySnudge (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Feb 2017)

I've had my 6 since last Fri and using it as a phone is really good - perhaps your one is faulty? I live in UK and use the O2 network.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 09:55

4. maple_mak (Posts: 904; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Hope other writers can learn this review (but I guess that score 8 was a bit high IMO), unlike some only know keep biased, or given an unfair score at least 9.2.

Keep it up!

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 10:04 2

5. MurraySnudge (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Feb 2017)

Well I bought one last Fri and give it 10
One of the CONS states:
"Fingerprint authentication requires two taps, one to wake up and one to authenticate"
The article states 'two taps' - you don't tap it you just hold your finger on until it opens the screen. Mine does not need two touches - just one and it's reliable.
Was the phone on test a pre-production model perhaps?

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 11:51 3

9. rodrigo9411 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2017)

The 2 tap unlock is actually because their unit is an Amazon exclusive with ads. I've seen the same behavior on the amazon ads Moto G5, what would be the point if with fingerprint unlock you could bypass the ads? So they force the user to see the lockscreen (The first tap actually unlocks the device, afert that you can tap again or swipe to unlock)

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 13:09

12. MurraySnudge (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Feb 2017)

Ok thanks - I understand now.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 12:51

10. omnitech (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

lol how did this get an 8? even the oneplus 5 is less oppo/lenovo than this phone is and oppo actually owns them

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 12:55

11. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I kinda like the Nokia 6, but I can't really see how the score can match the G5 Plus and actually beat out the Honor 6x. Both of those seem like better bang for your buck options.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 13:09 1

13. hemedans (Posts: 642; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)

specs wise yes, but features, updates and build quality Nokia 6 is better than them.
-Dolby atmos is amazing go to youtube and see test
-every month Nokia 6 get security updates, even this august nokia 6 already received August security updates.
-polarising screen layer same as clear black display,
-Nokia 6 is tough, phone like huawei 6x receive poor review in this area,
-stock android

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 14:15

15. Vianna (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2017)

This review is trash and you know it! :P

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 18:05

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)

My Nokia 6 will be arriving tomorrow from Amazon. Looking forward to testing it out for myself.

posted on 07 Aug 2017, 20:57

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I like Nokia have included NFC that support Android Pay super convenient feature.

The problem with budget phone especially the ones from China Phone OEM is the lack of NFC support.

posted on 08 Aug 2017, 00:22 1

18. Ozsikhs (Posts: 41; Member since: 03 Sep 2015)

cant wait for Nokia 8

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Nokia 6

Nokia 6

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.06 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches
(154 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm)
5.96 oz  (169 g)

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